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Red Water/Kale Anemia

At this time of the year we get lots of calls from farmers worried about the chances their flowering Brassica crops could cause red water poisoning. The points to note are Not all flowering brassica crops will be poisonous they must have high levels of the toxic smco. Smco contains sulphur and is much more […]

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Lepto Infections

In the last month we have dealt with lepto infections in calves, cows, dogs, sheep and humans!! These infections caused: Sick Calves with red tinted urine. Abortions in cows and ewes. Very sick dogs with kidney problems. Humans that felt like dying!! Wet conditions really favour the survival of the lepto organism when it is […]

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Taking on Weaner Cattle

Over the next 3 months many weaner cattle change hands. The following are little tips for a smooth transition. If calves have not been weaned off meal prior to delivery, feeding meal for a period after arrival will minimize stress on weaners and improve initial growth rates Be careful drenching calves with products containing “abamectin” […]

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Calf Scours a big problem!

On dairy farms and with calf rearers, scours have been a major problem this year. Some farmers have seen it all before but for others it has been a whole new challenging experience!! A few points to note after the experiences so far, A wet spring everywhere with very muddy challenging conditions has meant more […]

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Thinking about bulls

The breeding season is not far away. It is time to tick off a few management issues/questions; Have the breeding bulls wintered okay? Check for lame bulls or bulls that may have health issues. Do bulls need copper, selenium or both (these elements are important for good semen production and bull fertility). Do you need […]

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Hygiene at docking/ calf marking

Tools used at this time of the year eg. elastrators, ear markers and taggers, have often been forgotten about since this time last year!! Take the time to give them a good clean up and disinfect them. Get your ear markers sharpened if necessary. Dirty gear will lead to infections at docking and calf marking. […]

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At risk cows

Checking cows for signs of endometritis and treating those identified has been shown to significantly affect how fast cows get back in calf. Cows that have been calved for more than 1 month, can now be metrichecked and treated if required. You may like to check all cows or alternatively those that are most likely […]

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Calf scours

This year scours have been an issue on some dairy farm, where they have not been an issue in the past. The calf scour syndrome is normally one or a combination of either Rotavirus or Cryptosporidia, occasionally e-coli, corona virus or even salmonella can be involved. Rotavirus and Crypto are extremely infectious and can be […]

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Sheep measles

On all sheep farms the chances of dogs getting access to raw sheep meat, membranes etc. is much higher at this time of the year. If you have had issues with increased rates of sheep measles in lines of lambs or just don’t want to, it can be a good idea to go onto a […]

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Low Blood Calcium in Calving Cows

Every dairy farmer knows that low blood calcium will result in “milk fever” in a dairy cow round calving time. What is less commonly understood is all the other side effects of low blood calcium (LBC) at this time. These issues include; Calving difficulties, LBC results in poor muscle contraction in the uterus and poor […]

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